My sweet little nephew Denver was finally in front of my camera at 6 weeks old. This (not so little) guy decided to arrive late, and so we weren’t able to get him in the studio before I left for 3 weeks of vacation. Six weeks is a lot older than I recommend for a newborn session (usually I do around 6 days!) but he made up for his lateness by being a perfect angel for his session. His nickname is ‘Squishy’ and I think it suits him absolutely perfectly. 11 pounds of chunky goodness… I love every roll!
When you buy a TV, you keep it for three years. When you purchase custom photography, you have it for at least three generations. What greater gift can you possibly give your child than beautiful imagery of their mommy and daddy awaiting their arrival? Or of their own very first days on earth? Images with his parents, siblings, of each sweet and perfect little detail that makes them who they are. Those are the things your child will grow up with. Those images will not be like toys that will be broken or discarded along the way, but cherished possessions.
Working with your custom photographer is akin to going out for the evening to one of the top restaurants in town.
Sure, you can eat at McDonalds or KFC, or you can cook at home–but when you want superb food and excellent service, when you crave a luxurious experience, that’s not where you head.
You could buy a cheap pair of scissors and cut your own hair, but would you? Most of us wouldn’t trust our hair to anyone but a professional stylist. So thinking along those lines, who would you trust to photograph your newborn baby? Your little bundle of joy, less than a week old, should be handled only by someone who is trained and experienced in the art of newborn photography. That is a custom photographer.
Now, in this digital age where even our small children have cameras, photography has been devalued. Some people wonder: Why do custom photographers charge so much?
When you hire a custom photographer you start with individualized attention, move through the process with someone who truly cares about you and your family, and end up with photographs that make you weep and gasp out loud. Why? Because they capture your newborn in the most beautiful, relaxed and safe environment. They are able to capture that sweet little face, those perfect moments in-between, the raw emotion of a parent with their child, the new and incredible love of a family .
And just as you aren’t paying just for the cost of ingredients when you go out to a fine restaurant, you aren’t paying for just a piece of photo paper when you purchase artwork from your custom photographer.
You are paying for everything that goes into getting you that piece of paper…all our education, our expertise, our experience and our equipment. You are paying for a license that allows you to display our stunning imagery in your home. You are paying for works that will be on your walls for decades to come, and become a treasured part of your family’s memories.
FYI, here’s how the timing breaks down for an average newborn session:
prepping gear/studio: 2 hours
shooting 1-4 hours; average 2 hours
downloading images: .5 hours
backing up images: .5 hours
processing your images: 3 hours
blog prep: 1 hour
communication with client (all): 3 hours
planning session: 1 hour
ordering session prep: 1 hour
ordering session: 2 hours
prepping order/retouching: 4-6 hours
ordering/packaging/quality checks: 2 hours
pickup meeting: .5 hours
TOTAL : 22.5 hours and up
As a photographer I can tell you that I will pour my heart and soul into each and every client, ensuring that they will receive the very best experience with Creative Clicks Photography. I want to make this event in their life memorable in the best way possible. I am thankful for each and every client who entrusts me with their photography needs- maternity, newborn or baby portraiture.
For those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook (I’d love if you did!), I’d like to share a few images of our sweet baby girl, Zion Jewel. She’s teeny, she’s tiny and nothing feels better than burying my face in the crook of her neck and inhaling deeply. That smell…it’s so perfectly babyish. I adore the newborn stage of life ever so much! I think my complete love of newborns is the reason for my focus on newborn photography. I love to borrow your babies for a little snuggle time…oohing and ahhing over each tiny, precious and unique detail of my tiniest clients. It turns out, my most difficult newborn client of the year was my own daughter! Nothing like the smell of your mama to wake you up from a deep sleep! Thankfully, I also had a wonderful newborn portrait session with a friend of mine, who captured images that are so incredibly precious to me! PLEASE don’t let your babies first precious moments of life go by undocumented. It goes by so quickly and before you know it, they’re three months already and so different. Whatever it takes, find a way to capture that flaky skin, those tiny feet, those adorable little faces! Blink, and they’re already 3 months old and you don’t know where the time has gone.
If you’re interested in booking a newborn session with me this year, please contact me as soon as possible, as I’m only taking on limited sessions.